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Agricultural & Environmental Letters (AEL) is an open-access journal published by ASA, CSSA, and SSSA. The A&EL editorial board consists of the editor; technical editors; associate editors; the managing editor; the editors-in-chief of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA; the chief executive officer; and the director of publications.

Research from across the globe is critical to the increased understanding of agricultural issues. Agricultural & Environmental Letters is an open access journal that publishes high-impact, broad-reaching, exceptional interesting, and timely research on major scientific advances in the entire range of the agricultural and environmental sciences. Papers are communications length (generally 2,500 words or fewer) articles. They should have broad and immediate implications in their discipline and/or across agricultural science and would elicit discussion within the agricultural community and provide information to policymakers and users on different topics. Agricultural & Environmental Letters follows the continuous publication model. As a new article is made available, it is posted to the journal’s website and an alert sent to the readers who have registered for e-alerts.
Agricultural & Environmental Letters uses an expedited review and publication process. With this goal, the Editorial Board evaluates manuscripts submitted to AEL according to the following criteria:
• High-impact innovative results with broad implications at the forefront of one or several agricultural disciplines.
• Results with immediate impact on the research of others and requiring rapid publication.
• Instrument or methods manuscript introducing an innovative technique that makes new science advance possible, with immediate applications to agricultural disciplines.
Manuscripts describing cross-disciplinary research or addressing emerging issues are of particular interest.

Manuscripts are published under the following categories:

1.  Editorials, including invited Guest Editorials.
2.  Commentaries – commentary on relevant issues related to science, policy, research trends, business trends, exciting new discoveries, food security, etc. These can be as long as 2500 words (approximately four published pages). Brief Commentaries are no longer than 1000 words.
3.  Letters to the Editor – Letters to the Editor are usually no longer than 500 words in length. They can be as long as 1000 words (approximately two published pages) if there is detailed dialog that results from the papers published in AEL.
4. Research Letters – Manuscripts that provide research information and other related information, up to 2500 words in length (approximately four published pages). Research letters include an abstract and may be divided into sections to bring organization to the manuscript.

Articles in A&EL are published under the CC-BY NC ND (non-commercial; no derivatives) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/). Users are free to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format. Any further publication of the article will require proper attribution; no derivative works may be made from this article; and the article may not be used for any commercial gain (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/). The author is given explicit permission to publish the final article in her/his institutional repository. There is an option for the CC-BY license if required by an author's institution.

Author fees are $975 per article (research letters and commentaries). Brief commentaries (fewer than 1000 words) and letters to the editor are published at a reduced rate based on article length. Special pricing options are available for manuscripts submitted as part of ACSESS-sponsored conferences and meetings.

Author Resources

Submit manuscripts electronically at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ael.

Instructions to authors, including information on publication charges.


Note: Opinions and conclusions expressed by authors are their own and are not considered as those of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, or Soil Science Society of America, its staff, its members, or its advertisers. Advertisements in this publication do not constitute an endorsement of the product. Trade names are sometimes mentioned in papers published in this journal. No endorsement of those products by the publisher is intended, nor is any criticism implied of similar products not mentioned.